Apple Tree Yard, a page turner to begin the New Year

2014 brought stunning changes, and 2015 may well be over before I’ve come to terms with everything, but reading is a constant in my life, and Apple Tree Yard was an engrossing novel that carried me away.

Have you ever asked yourself, why not? Why not do something risky – just once to see what it’s like? The odds are you won’t get caught. Life will go on as before, you will have satisfied your curiosity, and you’ll have the memories to amuse yourself on gray days.

But what if you get hooked? One hit and you’re an addict. That can happen, and that is what happens to the protagonist of Louise Doughty’s Apple Tree Yard. An intelligent and successful middle-aged woman sees her well-ordered life unravel because she took a foolish chance that led to a man’s death. There has to be accountability.

Apple Tree Yard is about sexual obsession, the ways we lie to ourselves, and the limits of loyalty. It is also a suspenseful page turner that kept me up late, reading to find out what happens. The novel is written in the first person, and the prose is direct and intelligent, like the protagonist whose mind we occupy. It is highly recommended to readers who enjoy psychological suspense.


About Patricia Dusenbury

Patricia Dusenbury grew up in the Northeast, went to college in the South, and married a southerner. After a lifetime on the east coast, she recently moved to San Francisco. In her previous career, Pat was an economist and the author of numerous dry publications. She is hoping to atone by writing mystery stories that people read for pleasure. The Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition named A Perfect Victim, Book 1 of her Claire Marshall trilogy, 2015's best mystery. Book 2, Secrets, Lies & Homicide, was a finalist for the 2016 EPIC award. Book 3, A House of Her Own, is out and completes the trilogy. The first book in Pat's new series, working title Two Weeks in Geary, is a Claymore Award finalist. When she isn’t writing, Pat is reading, gardening, babysitting or exploring San Francisco, the fabulous city that is now her home.
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